Baseball fans all across America will delight in this fascinating analysis of strategies and statistics. This unique approach to understanding the "tried and true" methodologies of the game of baseball examines conventional elements like the steal, hit and run, and line up construction. The Book on the Book offers an exciting critique of baseball by placing an actual dollar value on player performance and rating managers based on their on-field moves to determine who are the smartest tacticians.
No corner of the ballpark is left unturned as author Bill Felber explores the various methods of team-building, on-field values of players, the role and influence of the general manager in team success, and the importance of park effects. In a more controversial section, new tactical approaches to the use of the pitching staff contradict the more generally accepted practices.
In the vein of the late Leonard Koppett and Bill James, Felber uses mathematical and statistical principles to evaluate the wisdom of standard baseball strategies. Illustrations and a refreshingly engaging style make The Book on the Book the new textbook of baseball analysis.
brings to life the greatest games to be played in the game's early
years. From the "prisoner of war" game that took place among captive
Union soldiers during the Civil War, to the first intercollegiate game
(Amherst versus Williams), to the first professional no-hitter, the
games in this volume span 1833–1900 and detail the athletic exploits of
such players as Cap Anson, Moses "Fleetwood" Walker, Charlie Comiskey,
Mike "King" Kelly, and John Montgomery Ward.